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Garden Class Nov. 7: Gardening Without Pesticides

Garden Class Nov. 7: Gardening Without Pesticides

Are you curious about how to garden without pesticides and still keep the harmful critters away?  The Hanna & Herbert Bauer Memorial Community Garden, located in Woodland and sponsored by the Yolo County Health &d Human Services Agency, will be host to a free gardening class, Integrated Pest Management: Gardening Without Pesticides, on Saturday, November 7 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

This class will provide an overview of the Integrative Pest Management approach to gardening.  Topics will include strategies for gardening without pesticides, how to identify products that are safe for use in the garden, techniques for identifying beneficial and harmful insects, and how to use plant and soil properties to help keep harmful critters at bay and optimize yield.

Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Receives Stroke Care Quality Award

Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Receives Stroke Care Quality Award

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has awarded Kaiser Permanente’s Vacaville Medical Center with its Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. 

The award recognizes Kaiser Permanente’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines. 

Health Officer Urges Yolo County Residents to Get the Flu Vaccine

Health Officer Urges Yolo County Residents to Get the Flu Vaccine

Yolo County Health Officer Dr. Ron Chapman urges people in Yolo County to get the flu vaccine.

Each year, flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths in the United States.  Flu can cause severe disease across all ages.  According to the recent California Influenza Surveillance Report, there were 78 influenza-associated deaths reported in persons under 65 years of age in California during the 2014-15 influenza season.  To reduce this threat, Dr. Chapman recommends the annual flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older, including pregnant women.

Common symptoms of the flu include fever or feeling feverish, a cough and/or sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, chills, fatigue and body aches.  Children may also have nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.  To stop the spread of flu and other respiratory illnesses:

Distracted Driving Putting Yolo County High School Students at Risk

Distracted Driving Putting Yolo County High School Students at Risk

During a recent one hour monitoring of distracted driving habits near high schools in West Sacramento, Winters and Woodland, drivers were found to be visibly and dangerously demonstrating the need to improve their focus.  Distracted driving observations included the following:

 

Distraction

River City HS

West Sacramento

(Total cars = 1,269)

Winters HS

Winters

(Total cars = 758)

Pioneer HS

Woodland

Yolo Bonus Bucks Launches November 1

Yolo Bonus Bucks Launches November 1

On November 1, the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency, in partnership with several local retailers and a local farmer, will launch the Yolo County Bonus Bucks Pilot Program – Yolo Bonus Bucks – to increase fruit and vegetable consumption among CalFresh clients.

Yolo County applied for and was awarded a $100,000 United States Department of Agriculture grant to implement a financial incentive pilot program to encourage the purchase of fruits and vegetables by CalFresh clients.  Yolo County was one of only two counties awarded the pilot project funding.

Health Officer Urges “Protect Your Community this Flu Season; Get the Vaccine

Health Officer Urges “Protect Your Community this Flu Season; Get the Vaccine

Yolo County Health Officer Dr. Ron Chapman urges people in Yolo County to get the flu vaccine.

“The flu vaccine not only protects you against a terrible infection, but also protects your family and friends,” said Yolo County Health Officer Ron Chapman, MD, MPH.  “Children, pregnant women and seniors are most vulnerable to the flu.  You can keep them safe by getting the vaccine and encouraging them to get the vaccine.  Please help protect your community this flu season; get the vaccine.”